Tips when travelling this winter

Whether you’re driving, cycling or walking this winter there are many precautions you can take to ensure your journey is a safe one. If you’re not sure of the steps to take, the Slater and Gordon eBook has lots of helpful tips and advice.

We’ve compiled a few tips that we believe you should be aware of whenever you’re travelling in winter.

By car

If you’re travelling by car this winter make sure your vehicle is prepared for all weather conditions. Due to the speed in which the weather can change while out on the roads it is important to do your vehicle checks prior to your journey.

So, before you leave you should:

  • Check the tyre tread depth and pressure
  • Check the oil and water levels
  • Check your windscreen wipers are working correctly
  • Check all your lights, including fog lights
  • Pack emergency supplies, including an ice scraper, de-icer, first aid kit, extra clothing and food supplies

On foot

Hiking and long country walks are not just a preferred activity in the warmer seasons, many enjoy them throughout the colder frosty days of winter, and although they do offer scenic and picturesque settings, without preparation could be dangerous. When walking in winter remember to,

  • Wear the correct footwear – supportive, waterproof with a good grip on the sole will help you to stay upright and avoid slips and falls
  • Take spare clothing – always have spare clothing and waterproofs available to enable you to keep warm and dry through treacherous conditions
  • Check the weather forecast prior to your journey
  • Take a backpack with essentials such as food supplies and a fully charged mobile phone

Cycling

Like walking, many people also like to take cycle routes during winter. However, if you’re heading out on your bike you need to take steps to ensure you remain safe during your journey.

  • Make sure you layer up, covering yourself from head to toe in waterproof clothing
  • Wear reflective clothing and check your lights are in full working order to ensure you can be seen at all times by motorists and pedestrians
  • Reduce your speed if weather conditions deteriorate

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